Information about the Biblical Parables

 

 

Daniel 7:13 One like a human being (one like a son of man/ RSV.)

                  Came with the clouds of heaven;

                  He reached the Ancient of Days

                  And was presented to Him; (Tanakh)

 

†††† Remember that Jesus took his title Son of Man from the Book of Enoch (Urantia Book p. l390).  Here the Messianic figure is referred to as "one like a son of man," who is not Jesus because:

 

Urantia Book page 1748 Jesus endeavored to lead his followers into the spiritual

                                     kingdomÖ but they would not have it so. He well knew that

                                     his earth mission could not possibly fulfill Messianic expectations

                                     of the Jewish people; the older prophets portrayed a Messiah,

                                     which he could never be.

 

†††† Therefore, Jesus tells us repeatedly that "his kingdom is not of this world", but rather an inner spiritual kingdom which he has come to reveal. "One like a son of man" is not Jesus. Who is it?  We've already noted the Biblical references to the "Lord's" presence within a "cloud" during the early history of Israel. We also know that "the Lord" sometimes refers to Melchizedek. If the Messiah is Melchizedek and he "comes with the clouds of heaven: this would fit with our previous associations between "the Lord" and the "pillar of cloud" that leads the Israelites. Remember that Melchizedek was on earth in a "semi material form" as well as a material form previously, and that a Melchizedek can take on a wide variety of forms; spiritual, material, and semi material. Also notice the key word like, in "one like a son of man." Jesus was a son of man because he was born of woman.  Melchizedek incarnated in an adult human form and was not born of woman. Therefore he is not a son of man but rather is like a son of man. So the "cloud" reference and the "one like a son of man" reference both point to Melchizedek as the Lord/Messiah. Now consider the rest of this passage:

 

Daniel 7:14 And to him (one like a son of man) was

                  Given dominion, and glory and kingdom,

                  That all peoples, nations, and languages

                  Should serve him;

                  His dominion is an everlasting dominion,

                  Which shall not pass away,

                  And his kingdom is one

                  That shall not be destroyed

 

†††† This is not a spiritual Messiah, he comes in power and glory to judge the earth and take dominion (sovereignty) of the nations and peoples of the world. Why does he come and take sovereignty? Melchizedek is our Planetary Prince in waiting (UB). All normal planets have a Planetary Prince and we are about to be restored to normalcy. Also, the present world leaders are misleaders; they spend no time truly addressing our global problems such as overpopulation, pollution, environmental degradation, rapid loss of biologic species, ongoing ozone depletion, global social and political unrest, and increasing nuclear weapons proliferation. They talk a lot but actually do very little, after all it may ruffle the feathers of some powerful corporation. This planet is being and has been, raped by the wealthy and powerful. Nary a thought is given to putting back what we take out. The sole motivation is to get as much wealth and power as fast as possible.  

 

     Because of this, when Melchizedek steps in, we will be in the middle of many major problems. But God is not going to let the many good people of the world be destroyed by the strong and powerful. Sovereignty will be taken away from the present leadership elite and given to those who live according to Godís ways:

 

Revelations 11:15 Then the seventh angel blew his trumpetÖ

                            Saying, "the power to rule over the

                            World belongs now to our Lord and His

                            Messiah, and he will rule forever and ever.

 

†††† The word Messiah is Christos in Greek. Christ means Messiah. Unfortunately, Jesus was surnamed for just what he was not. Also notice that "our Lord" and "his Messiah" are two different personages in this verse. "Our Lord" is God and "his Messiah" is Godís chosen representative for our world, Melchizedek. The fact that this is a Messiah of this physical world and that he rules forever Ėindicates a divine being. This divine being is on a cloud just as before in Daniel:

 

Revelations 14:14 Then I looked, and there was a white cloud, and sitting on

                           The cloud was what looked like a human being (one like a son of man/RSV.)

                           With a crown of gold on his head and a sharp sickle in his hand.

 

†††† Again, "one like a son of man" is the reaper. Why is there a sickle in his hand? The prophets have asked God for thousands of years over and over; "How long Lord? How long?" meaning how long will the strong trample the weak? How long will the arrogant govern the meek? Godís answer is that everything has a season to grow and yield its full fruit; we then reap what we sow. The sun is made to shine on the good and the evil.Remember the parable when the good man sows good seed, but while he is sleeping, an evil one sows weeds in the same field. And, when the weeds grow up with the good crop, the parable tells us that both good and bad will be allowed to reach harvest together. Then the field will be harvested and the good crop stored away and the weeds bound up and thrown into the fire. This is done because pulling the weeds up early would damage the good as well as the bad. The end of an age is a harvest time when everything is harvested and accounted for. The one on the cloud has a "sickle in his hand" to harvest the crop at the end of the age. This "one like a son of man" is Melchizedek who comes to save the world from itself, give restitution to "Godís people," and begin a new and glorious age of promise. The prophecy, "The meek shall inherit the earth" will finally become reality. Also, remember Jesusí parable about the good landowner of the vineyard.

 

†††† The landowner leaves his beautiful vineyard in the hands of workmen who ransack his property and ruin his vineyard. The landowner sends his best servants, and then even his very own son to check on its progress. The son they kill, so as to deprive him of his inheritance, and Jesus then looks to the listening audience and asks, "What do you think the landowner will do?" In unison they answer, "he will destroy those menÖ" (Urantia Book  page l893).

 

†††† This story is not only a parable. It is also a prophecy of Jesusí (the son in the parable) subsequent death at the hands of the leaders of Jerusalem who are playing the role of the workmen left in charge. Israel is the vineyard and God is the landowner who sends his son Jesus to set right the spiritual affairs of Israel. But Jesus is killed by the very ones causing the trouble in the first place, the workmen left in charge, i.e. the leaders of Israel.

 

†††† But wait! The parable prophecy hasnít ended yet because God has not yet sent anyone to bring justice to the vineyard workers, i.e. the leaders. The parable will end, when Godís Agent of Justice arrives and sets the affairs of His "vineyard" aright, just as at the ending of the parable. This is exactly the function of the "Messiah" described in Old Testament prophecy. Not only was Jesus aware of his upcoming death, but he also was aware that the complete story would someday end like his parable ended.

 

†††† The word messiah is used only twice in the Bible, both times in Daniel (chp.9) embedded in some passages regarding the seventy weeks prophecy. The word messiah is also used several times in 1Enoch in association with a divine being who brings peace and victory to those who "elect" Godís will during the end of the Age. This Messiah figure in 1Enoch is called the Elect One, the Concealed One, the Mighty One, and God of the World. Notice that the God of the World designation well describes the function of a Planetary Prince/Sovereign. The word messiah means anointed in spirit, and when capitalized, Messiah means the Anointed One over all other anointed ones. Prophets and servants are also anointed ones, lower case. The word "Christ" simply is the Greek translation of the word "Messiah." Essentially, we have named Jesus "Christ" for precisely what he is not, i.e. "Messiah." When Jesus came, people were looking for the World Messiah and mostly missed recognizing the Spiritual Savior. This time around Christians are looking for the Spiritual Savior and alas Ėthe World Messiah comes. Humanity gets it wrong both times. No one can say that weíre not consistent.

 

 

Quote is from "The Kingdom of Heaven is at Hand", by Ed Roache.         The-Kingdom-of-Heaven-is-at-Hand